How supporting local schools, charities and community groups can motivate behaviour change



Donated to good causes

Background story

Supporting local good causes, whether schools, charities or community groups has been a core principle of Greenredeem since the first programme launched in 2009. By aligning with key stakeholders in the local community, members can be motivated to change behaviour by donating their points earned through recycling.

Over the last ten years, we have helped raise support and funding for over 220 projects, local schools, charities and community groups - with grants totalling over £165k. Members have generously donated 43.2m points, equating to over 8,500 tonnes of recycling generated.

“We are delighted to continue to support the Greenredeem scheme and enable residents to donate their recycling points to good causes and schools”

Councillor Graham Howe (Deputy for Environment, Wokingham Borough Council)

How it works

The funding pot is split based on a percentage of points donated to each school/project in a league table format. As Greenredeem members gain higher levels of points more points can be donated, but more importantly keeps a cap on the financial liability.

The position that a school, charity or community group finishes in the league table determines the amount of grant that they receive and no one misses out! The league table itself can be rolling (rewarding a set number of groups every quarter), or be available for a fixed time.

Success story - The Robert Piggott C of E School reap the benefits of Recycling!

The Robert Piggott C of E School were the most recent winners of funding from Wokingham Council and Greenredeem’s Recycling Incentive Scheme which has seen £6,000 donated to local schools over 12 months.

Residents in the borough of Wokingham have been working hard to earn points by recycling their paper, plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays, cardboard and metal cans. Between September 2018 and February 2019, residents generously donated 164,538 Greenredeem points to the Robert Piggott C of E School as part of the Greenredeem school donations scheme.

As they received the most amount of points, the school was given a grant, worth £657.52. The school will be using the grant to develop their outdoor area to help improve their school environment through Outdoor Learning and helping to continue their 3R’s: Recycle, Reuse and Reduce.

"We are delighted to continue to support the Greenredeem scheme and enable residents to donate their recycling points to good causes and schools. The Robert Piggott C of E Infant School has been successful at encouraging friends and neighbours to recycle more and donate their points to this terrific school. Well done to the Robert Piggott Infant School!”

Through Greenredeem, Wokingham Council continues its green policy to promote recycling and to be more environmentally aware.

Thank you to everyone who donates their points to this excellent scheme."

Councillor Graham Howe (Deputy for Environment, Wokingham Borough Council)

Mrs Elaine Hughes, Head of School from the Robert Piggott C of E Infant School, said: 'We participate in the Greenredeem donations scheme as not only does it support our desire to be ecologically aware and eco-friendly, it generates a lot of excitement as we log on to see how we are getting on in comparison to the competition! This year we are delighted to have received a cash reward!

We wanted to spend the reward on other resources or initiatives that encouraged our eco- friendly focus further, so we have treated ourselves to a new scooter and bike pod to keep the children’s belongings safe after they have made their way to school without a car. We have also bought plants which the children have nurtured and planted in our new planters. They are now looking forward to seeing them flourish in the coming months. The children themselves will be debating what other projects to spend the remainder of the prize money on and our Eco Warriors Team will be facilitating this discussion and feeding back what the pupils have decided upon.

All in all, it has been a great initiative and we look forward to entering again next year!”

18 Schools cash in on recycling

Generous Greenredeem members in the Royal Borough have donated 1.84m points over the last 7 months to help local schools receive cash grants from the latest round of funding from the Greenredeem School Donations scheme.

Between April 2019 and October 2019 residents kindly donated an amazing 406,548 Greenredeem points to St Edmund Campion and 340,325 to Waltham St Lawrence Primary schools as part of the Greenredeem school donations scheme. All 18 schools that participated have received a share of the fund of £6,000, with St Edmund Campion and Waltham St Lawrence Primary schools receiving grant cheques for £1,065 & £891 respectively. The points donated equate to a staggering 368 tonnes of recycling collected, or enough to fill 43 recycling trucks.

St Edmund Campion primary school’s grant will be used to develop their forest area. Co-headteacher Mrs Camp-Overy, said “We are delighted but not surprised that the St Edmund Campion Community has supported the Greenredeem scheme so wholeheartedly. We intend to use the money awarded to further develop our forest school area which will help create the next generation of eco-warriors passionate about caring for our planet.”

Waltham St Lawrence received a grant of £891.84 which will be spent on creating a new outdoor learning area for their Year 1 children, as part of their Continuous Provision.

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